1991 Porsche 356

Replica Kit Car - Covin Speedster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1991
  • Mileage 
    4 000 km / 2 486 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    SABTVR03461101135
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    White
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    95 BHP / 97 PS / 71 kW
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

About this Collectable

The 356 was where it all started for Porsche. The iconic Speedster is the most sought after version. Unfortunately, that means that 356 Speedsters are quite pricey (read: unattainable). Fortunately, there is an affordable alternative in the form of this Covin Speedster, with Porsche looks and a matching four-cylinder boxer engine.

Covin might need a little introduction. Covin Performance Moldings was a British kit car manufacturer specializing in Porsche replicas. The company was founded in 1983 by Tim Cook and Nick Vincent, which also explains the name. In the 1980s, Covin was best known for their 911 replicas.

However, they also built some 356 replicas, which are a lot rarer. Only about thirty of these have been sold by Covin. After Covin 1990 went defunct, DJ Sportscars continued to sell the Speedster for two years, but it is unknown how many were sold during that time.

One of the few Covin Speedsters has found its way to the Netherlands. This 1991 car is one of the later examples, which means that this Speedster was not built on a Beetle chassis, but on Covin's own tubular frame.

In the back of the Covin Speedster a Volkswagen Type 4 engine can be found, a 1,9 liter four-cylinder boxer engine. This engine was not originally delivered in the 356 Speedster, but it is closely related to the engine that was delivered in the Porsche 914. Originally a 1,8 liter engine with injection, this has been converted to a 1,9 liter block with dual Dellorto carburettors. The power output is now approximately 95 hp.

Until 3 years ago, the car was with the first owner in England, who bought and built the kit car in 1991. The car was then brought to the Netherlands by Kitcarcollection and converted to left-hand drive by the current owner.

The recent maintenance was carried out at air-cooled Volkswagen specialist Oldtimerparts in Etten-Leur. The odometer indicates a mileage of 80.400 km, but that's because the odometer is derived from a Porsche 944. The actual mileage of this car is estimated to be around 4.000 km.

Equipment

This car is equipped with:
Seperate roof + side windows
Upholstery articificial leather

Modifications

The car has been converted from RHD to LHD by the current owner, with original Volkswagen parts. The original 1,8 liter Volkswagen Type 4 AP engine has been enlarged to 1,9 liters. In addition, two Dellorto carburettors have been installed as well as several other modifications. This results in a power output of approximately 95 hp, whereas the original power output was 68 hp. The car is also equipped with a stainless steel exhaust.

Remarks

The car is in neat condition, except for some minor signs of wear (documented on the photos):
Light stone chips on the nose
Small spot on the back near the tailgate
Small damage on the chrome strip on the rear bumper
Minor damage to the leather on the passenger seat

Important to know: the odometer originates from a Porsche 944. The indicated mileage of 80.400 km is the mileage of the 944. The odometer has been replaced in 2019. Since the previous odometer was also a used one (from a Volkswagen Type 3) the actual mileage is unknown. It is estimated that the car has only driven around 4.000 km.

Service history

Maintenance in the Netherlands was carried out by air-cooled Volkswagen specialist Oldtimerparts in Etten-Leur. The most important points from the recent maintenance history are:
May 7, 2020 - Oldtimerparts: city lights replaced, CO adjusted, engine rubber replaced
September 6, 2019 - Oldtimerparts: e.g. engine/ignition/carburetors adjusted, oil changed
See photos for the accompanying invoices on our website. The invoices for the maintenance in the Netherlands are available. There are no maintenance invoices from the period in England because the owner (who also built the kitcar) carried out the maintenance himself. Further documentation from the first owner is present (including invoice from Covin and original building instructions).

Included with sale

Two keys
Folder with all invoices and original building instructions

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